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Brazilian Protesters Take to the Streets. They Are Fed-Up Farmers.

Thousands of small farmers took to the streets in several Brazilian cities to protest President Lula da Silva’s administration tight credit policy and to demand better living conditions for the country’s millions of peasant families

Main protests took place in the capital Brasí­lia where an estimated 1.500 farmers marched along the city’s wide boulevards next to the presidential palace, Congress and different government ministries offices.

Other cities with demonstrations included the states of Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and Mato Grosso do Sul. Farmers are demanding soft loans, debt relief and improved support for farm families.

Paulo de Tarso, head of Contag, National Confederation of Agricultural Workers, said the movement also wants all Brazilian small farmers integrated to the formal economy, since the majority has no rights to retirement pensions or other labor benefits.

Another demand is greater government efforts in helping to reduce rural violence which in 2005, mainly because of armed land disputes, with a death toll of 38 small farmers.

The protests inaugurated the "Cry of the Land" week, which will be holding rallies, marches and demonstrations to expose the plight of the estimated fifteen million peasant families across Brazil.

Debates are scheduled to take place in huge tents erected along Brasilia’s main avenue with an agenda including among other topics, family agriculture, rural violence, sustainable development, social security benefits for peasants, tight money, debt relief, according to Contag’s Paulo de Tarso.

Some of the huge South American country’ highways in farming states were temporarily blocked by peaceful protestors.

However governors in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and Rio Grande do Sul urgently flew to Brasí­lia to meet President Lula da Silva because they feel blockades and protests are "getting out of control."

"If we’d had the soybean harvest we expected the situation would have been even worse," said Rio Grande do Sul governor Germano Rigotto.

Small farmers demands coincide with complaints made public Monday by the all powerful National Agriculture Confederation, which represents Brazil’s large scale farmers who are claiming the sector faces the "worst crisis of the last 20 years."

The substantial appreciation of the Brazilian currency against the US dollar, growing cheap competition from imports, burdensome taxes, high interests, scarce credit plus bad weather have made CNA members particularly negative about this year’s outlook with 76% forecasting lower harvests and yields.

Brazil is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of soybean, cereals, beef, fruits and coffee. Brazilian economic statistics show that agriculture and livestock industries account for one third of the country’s GDP and over 40% of exports.

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  • Guest

    Oops !
    NOOOOOO, YOU are ridiculous !

    Jut scroll up to today (May 18) news. You will find an article saying that 72 millions of Brazilians are under nourrished and that 14 millions live in hunger.
    this represents 45 % of the whole population.

    Therefore Brazil should better copy what the EU does :
    – subsidises their farmers to FEED FIRST their own citizens before choosing to export their agriculture !

    This is what we do and we have ZERO citizen under nourrished and ZERO citizen living in hunger !

    So you are wrong to say we are in the same boat. Brazil is in another planet. They never do what has been successfull for others.
    Justice : corrupted !
    Government : even more corrupted !
    Political parties : the most corrupted !
    Education : low or inexistant in many areas.
    Infrastructure : millions of potholes in roads and highways, some as large as a swimming pool or a lagoon…with trees !
    Wealth inequality : close to the world record !
    Taxes : yes but with so much tax evasion, through corruption !
    Bureaucracy : you “excel” so much that it becomes a big cost to the economy.
    Constitution : yes there is one, but no laws are applied if you have money !

    In what you call “globalization” should we copy you or should you copy us ???????

    Is Globalization a 1 way trade or 2 ways trade ?????
    Brazil wants to develop their IT industry, but charge 100 % import taxes on PCs ! Quite not smart if your computers cost twice as much despite you have a much lower income than us. On a comparative basis, your computers costs at least 12 minimum wages against 1.
    You could make your computers 40 % cheaper and still have 20 % import tax ! this would be quite intelligent if you really wish to develop and use computers.

    Now please come with ideas and opinions from your side. So far your post has none ! Are you so brainless ?

  • Guest

    NOOOOO, YOUyou are ridiculous!

  • Guest

    This is rediculous. This ia an opportunity to discuss and share opinions in serious matters to better understand current issues that affect as all in this so called “globalization”, and we have to read childish and brainless opinions. Please, get serious. I am sure you can contribute to create a better society. It doesn’t matter where you live, at the end we are in the same boat.
    Thank you.

  • Guest

    brazilians testicles…
    …but their arrogance will have them eat their testicles, oce more, just like in the last 100 years.
    Every time they flyed, their testicles grew, and every time they plunged, they sucked others testicles, begging for help !

  • Guest

    some brazilians are finally starting to grow testicles…thank god!

  • Guest

    Therefore your farmers…and your societ
    should understand that in the EU, we care for our 7 millions farmers.

    And this is wether you like it or not !
    but you may just well do the same as we do !

    Overall this doesnt only concerns agriculture. The EU has an unemploymentt rate HIGHER than Brazil.
    The EU generates around 25 % of your trade surplus, or around $ 12 billion for the trade surplus alone !

    Is this not enough….yet ?

    I can tell you that the EU wants far more than you think at the WTO.
    The middle letter T means TRADE and not AGRICULTURE ONLY !

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